I hope that you are all safe from hurricane Sandy, especially those along the coast. I have a feeling that we are going to be feeling the effects of the storm for quite a few days. So many of you have lost power already, please be safe.
I wanted to remind you if you have not been to the website and ran off the patterns, now is the time to do that as they will all be removed at the end of this month. We will be starting five new series of newspapers quilt patterns on November 1. It should be easy to access the patterns and each set of Patterns will have its own file.
Just to explain a little bit about each new series.
The first newspaper series which appeared in 1932 is called the Happy Childhood quilt for good children. It consists of 12 toy blocks along with 20 Christmas tree blocks. At the top there is a space to appliqué a child’s name. Each block is 9 in.². They can be embroidered or appliquéd and are absolutely adorable. There are simple instructions for each block as far as color choices for the pieces and for the embroidery. The finished size is about 45 x 63 without lattice strips and a border.
The Magic Vine quilt is such a whimsical and wonderful quilt. It has always been one of my favorites. It contains all of your favorite flowers that you would find in the garden but just somewhat whimsical to me. I have seen this quilt made with beautiful pastel colors, always wondered what it would look like made with Kaffee Fassett fabrics. The finished size of the quilt will be 90 inches wide by 108 inches long. The quilt is put together by a series of 6 inch Blocks. There are 44 flower blocks, 22 different flowers which means you will need to do every pattern twice. Instructions are provided at the bottom of each pattern as well as suggestions for color choice.
Another Nursery Rhyme Quilt Series, which would be wonderful to appliqué or embroider . It has 25 delightful block each depicting one of the Mother Goose nursery rhyme characters. There also is the quilting pattern that is designed as an alternative block. Each block measures 9 inches. Simple color instructions and suggestions are at the bottom of the block.
Another flower garden quilt, 25 flower patterns with an alternate quilting design for plain blocks. I absolutely love the Picket fence border of this quilt. Each flower can be done in a outline embroidery stitch. The blocks are 9 inches and each block comes with suggestions about the stitches and the colors. Just for some fun facts about this pattern that was available in the 1930s, you could order the patterns and receive a wax transfer of the flower blocks and Picket fence for $.50. You could also purchase 16 skeins of thread in all colors needed to make the blocks for another $.50. I think each skein now cost about $.50. Also they would supply you with the 7 yards of material for the quilt top in the best quality percale that they had for only $2.80. If you didn’t want to transfer the patterns to your own fabric, you could actually order a set of the the patterns stamped on the fabric for only $4.75. What a deal.
Patterns from the Kansas City Star that appeared in the 1930s will be shown in a variety of different sizes. Blocks would make a wonderful quilt using blocks of different sizes and different patterns.
Patterns will be posted on November 1. If you have any questions at all, please email me anytime. I look forward to this year and hearing about your journey as you work on these new newspaper quilt series.
Be safe and be careful tonight.